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Will a 'Super League' blow up global soccer? Here's what we know after bombshell announcement

Holden, that rationale rings true to me. Do you (or anyone) believe that an alternative is plausible wherein La Liga merges with another league or two that similarly have a small number of teams who dominate--such as, say, French Ligue 1 and/or Portuguese Primiera Liga--to create a border-spanning league with a deeper and more competitive top flight that still administers in the same fashion as current leagues (i.e. 20 teams/38 match season and relegation/promotion)?

posted by bender at 11:23 AM on April 21, 2021

Mean Green Pitcher Strikes Out Every Batter in Perfect Game

I don't understand how this could happen:

NCAA records list two other pitchers with 21 strikeouts in a seven-inning game, but neither of those was a perfect game.

Dropped ball on strike three and the batter actually made it to first base? That's the only thing I can think of.

NoMich, I think this leaves open the possibility that some batter(s) reached base (by walk or hit), but that all 21 outs were recorded via strikeout.

posted by bender at 11:43 AM on April 12, 2021

Mean Green Pitcher Strikes Out Every Batter in Perfect Game

Say whaaaat?? Wow!

posted by bender at 11:39 AM on April 12, 2021

Baylor Bears Win First NCAA Basketball Championship

I agree beaverboard, you would think with all of the hoopla around March MadnessTM the NCAA would have produced something comparable with the crystal football for the basketball champions by now.

posted by bender at 09:19 AM on April 07, 2021

Jeff Bezos Looking at Buying Washington Football Team

If Amazons doesn't get traction, Bezos could name the team after another of his properties, the Washington Posts.

posted by bender at 02:29 PM on February 25, 2021

Edmonton's Ex-Eskimos Have 7 Possible Replacements

I have discovered the Delta State "Fighting Okra," so all is not lost on the Botanical Nomenclature front.

Unfortunately, Delta State is officially the Statesmen, and only unofficially the Fightin' Okra. It's high time they drop the pretense and officially adopt the latter, if you ask me.

posted by bender at 03:57 PM on February 10, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x37 Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 7 (lock)
Passer: Patrick Mahomes
Rusher: Leonard Fournette
Receiver: Travis Kelce
Player with interception: Sean Murphy-Bunting
Player with sack: Sean Murphy-Bunting
Player with first turnover: Tyreek Hill
Super Bowl MVP: Leonard Fournette
Tiebreaker: 57

TB 37-30 KC

posted by bender at 05:10 PM on February 07, 2021

Tom Brady Leads Buccaneers to Super Bowl 0x37

Between the Lightning's Stanley Cup, the Rays' trip to the World Series, and now the Bay Buccaneers going to the Super Bowl (In their house!), it has been a truly exceptional year for sports in Tampa.

posted by bender at 10:01 AM on January 25, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Conference Championship Round

My picks:

Packers by 7 (lock)
Bills by 4 (lock)
Passer: Josh Allen
Rusher: Aaron Jones
Receiver: Stefon Diggs
Player with interception: Darnell Savage

posted by bender at 09:43 AM on January 23, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Divisional Round

My picks:

Packers by 7
Bills by 10 (lock)
Browns by 3
Saints by 12 (lock)
Passer: Drew Brees
Rusher: Aaron Jones
Receiver: Travis Kelce
Player with interception: Darnell Savage

posted by bender at 12:22 PM on January 16, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Browns fans are feeling pretty special this morning

*Not related to Bill Belichick

posted by bender at 09:04 AM on January 11, 2021

Enter the NFL Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Bills by 7
Seahawks by 10 (lock)
Buccaneers by 4
Titans by 7
Saints by 12 (lock)
Browns by 2 (lock)
Passer: Drew Brees
Rusher: Derrick Henry
Receiver: DK Metcalf
Player with interception: Carlton Davis

It's Bender's time to shine! Go Titans!

posted by bender at 08:59 AM on January 09, 2021

NFL Pickem Champion: Truthhurts

Is second Costanza in the relegation zone? /asking for a friend

posted by bender at 03:55 PM on January 04, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 17: Mason Rudolph Edition

One quirk of our scoring system I discovered while investigating Bender's week 15 score is that no player can get a negative score for a week. If you blow so many locks that you'd have a score below 0, it is saved as 0.

Ha! I didn't even bother to tally them up and see that my score was negative.

posted by bender at 12:47 PM on January 03, 2021

NFL Pickem Week 17: Mason Rudolph Edition

My picks:

Bills by 12 (lock)
Ravens by 6
Browns by 7 (lock)
Vikings by 7
Jets by 2
Giants by 3
Buccaneers by 4
Packers by 10 (lock)
Raiders by 7 (lock)
Colts by 14 (lock)
Chiefs by 17 (lock)
Cardinals by 3
Seahawks by 6
Saints by 10 (lock)
Titans by 10 (lock)
Eagles by 2

posted by bender at 03:21 PM on December 31, 2020

Washington Releases Dwayne Haskins

I guess we'll see if releasing him gives him the needed kick in the pants to find some maturity. With another COVID protocol violation, WFT didn't really have much choice here--though perhaps it was also a convenient excuse to unload him after underwhelming performance.

posted by bender at 01:44 PM on December 28, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 16: J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets Edition

I was about to complain about how you must have missed my picks last week to record a 0"turns out they were just turrible.

posted by bender at 02:08 PM on December 24, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 16: J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets Edition

My picks:

Saints by 13 (lock)
Lions by 3
Cardinals by 7 (lock)
Raiders by 17 (lock)
Chiefs by 15 (lock)
Browns by 7
Steelers by 4
Bears by 6
Ravens by 12 (lock)
Texans by 12 (lock)
Chargers by 5
Panthers by 3
Eagles by 7
Seahawks by 4
Titans by 3
Bills by 10

posted by bender at 02:07 PM on December 24, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 15: Packers Tiebreaker Edition

I was about to complain that you must have missed my picks last week for me to score 0"turns out my picks were just turrible.

posted by bender at 02:04 PM on December 24, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 15: Packers Tiebreaker Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 04
49ers by 10 (lock)
Titans by 12 (lock)
Colts by 7
Dolphins by 2
Vikings by 5
Washington by 3
Ravens by 13 (lock)
Rams by 27 (lock)
Cardinals by 4
Saints by 3 (lock)
Browns by 7
Steelers by 12 (lock)

posted by bender at 09:25 PM on December 19, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 15: Packers Tiebreaker Edition

My picks:

Raiders by 9 (lock)

posted by bender at 09:28 AM on December 17, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Thumbs up

posted by bender at 10:02 PM on December 14, 2020

Cleveland Indians Are Dropping Their Name

Hey, 2020 hasn't been all bad. And Cleveland Spiders is fine by me.

posted by bender at 10:40 PM on December 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Columbus Crew had already overcome 8 postseason COVID-19 positives to advance to tomorrow's MLS Cup Final where they will meet the Seattle Sounders. Yesterday they announced that two of their most critical, Darlington Nagbe and Pedro Santos, will be unavailable.

posted by bender at 10:35 AM on December 11, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 14: You Caught That Tyreek Edition

My picks:

Rams by 12 (lock)
Texans by 2
Bengals by 3
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 7
Buccaneers by 5
Panthers by 3
Titans by 7
Raiders by 6
Seahawks by 20 (lock)
Lions by 3
Saints by 5
Chargers by 2
49ers by 10 (lock)
Bills by 2
Browns by 3

posted by bender at 05:38 PM on December 09, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 13: 269 Receiving Yards Edition

My picks:

Saints by 7 (lock)
Lions by 3
Titans by 6
Bengals by 1
Vikings by 10 (lock)
Raiders by 10 (lock)
Colts by 3
Cardinals by 5
Seahawks by 12 (lock)
Packers by 4
Chargers by 14 (lock)
Chiefs by 21 (lock)
Steelers by 7
Bills by 3
Ravens by 13 (lock)

posted by bender at 11:36 AM on December 05, 2020

High School Football Player Body-Slams Ref After Ejection

I saw the original video last night on twitter, but I really like the analysis there by Jomboy. Obviously we don't know anything about this particular player or his history, but I hope this kid is able to get some help in dealing with anger, and I hope that ref is ok.

posted by bender at 10:47 AM on December 04, 2020

NFL Won't Let Broncos Play Coach at Quarterback

I can't believe the NFL made Denver play this game. A cancellation was more than justified.

posted by bender at 11:06 AM on November 30, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Jerry Jeudy Wildcat Experience could be entertaining.

Also, Cardale Jones is available

posted by bender at 11:25 AM on November 29, 2020

Sarah Fuller Suits Up for Vanderbilt Against Missouri

Too bad she didn't get a chance at a kick to score, but maybe next week. Either way, count it!

posted by bender at 06:51 PM on November 28, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turducken Edition

My picks:

Lions by 7
Washington by 3
Steelers by 5
Raiders by 10 (lock)
Bills by 10 (lock)
Bengals by 2
Colts by 2
Vikings by 6
Cardinals by 7
Dolphins by 4
Browns by 10
Saints by 5
Rams by 6
Chiefs by 7
Packers by 3
Seahawks by 7

posted by bender at 07:02 PM on November 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Thanks, NoMich. I had seen that crazy ending, but I'm always happy to have Jomboy tell me about something amusing that happened.

posted by bender at 08:16 PM on November 23, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 11: Hail Murray Edition

The standings I see have zeros for everyone

posted by bender at 08:44 AM on November 20, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 11: Hail Murray Edition

My picks:

Seahawks by 3
Browns by 7 (lock)
Saints by 9 (lock)
Washington by 7 (lock)
Lions by 3
Steelers by 12 (lock)
Ravens by 4
Texans by 2
Broncos by 2
Chargers by 14 (lock)
Colts by 7
Vikings by 7
Raiders by 3
Rams by 10 (lock)

posted by bender at 09:25 AM on November 19, 2020

The Miami Marlins make history with hiring of Kim Ng as general manager

Thumbs up!

posted by bender at 04:55 PM on November 13, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 10: What Happened to the Bucs Edition

Revised picks:

Browns by 7
Panthers by 2
Eagles by 3
Packers by 14 (lock)
Lions by 5
Raiders by 10 (lock)
Chargers by 7
Bills by 6
Rams by 7
Steelers by 17 (lock)
Saints by 4
Ravens by 6
Bears by 5

posted by bender at 03:51 PM on November 13, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 10: What Happened to the Bucs Edition

My picks:

Titans by 12 (lock)

posted by bender at 10:44 AM on November 12, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Ha!

posted by bender at 11:23 AM on November 08, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 9: Undefeated Steelers Edition

My picks:

49ers by 4
Falcons by 8 (lock)
Bills by 7 (lock)
Titans by 3
Ravens by 4
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Lions by 3
Washington by 5
Jaguars by 3
Chargers by 7
Steelers by 10 (lock)
Cardinals by 17 (lock)
Buccaneers by 3
Patriots by 3

posted by bender at 09:35 AM on November 05, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Thanks, NoMich, that was delightful

posted by bender at 09:05 PM on November 04, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager

Also

posted by bender at 08:57 AM on October 30, 2020

Chicago White Sox Hire Tony La Russa as Manager

The White Sox were actually decent this year--2nd in the AL Central and made the playoffs--after several years of not being in the mix. Why did they fire Rick Renteria?

posted by bender at 08:56 AM on October 30, 2020

Dodgers Player Learns Covid-19 Test Was Positive During World Series Clincher

Turner is the responsible one for his being on the field.* It is not the league's or team's responsibility to lock him in a room--though it certainly is in their interest to do so. He should receive a hefty punishment (fine and suspension) for ignoring protocols returning to the field and potentially putting a lot of people in danger. I hope for his and many other people's sake that his brashness doesn't spark a new outbreak.

That said, the fact that he had been in the dugout and interacting with his teammates until he was removed from the game means that at least some of them had already been exposed to him. That doesn't excuse him exposing more people on the field after the game, but if there are additional infections it may be difficult to know if it was from during the game or after the game.

*If, however, it was known earlier in the day/game that he had tested positive but was allowed to remain in the game, then that is likely someone other than his fault. Though that is a different discussion either way.

posted by bender at 09:40 AM on October 29, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 8: Don't Score Todd Edition

My picks:

Falcons by 4
Bills by 3
Titans by 10 (lock)
Browns by 2
Lions by 5
Packers by 7
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Rams by 7
Ravens by 2
Chargers by 4
Bears by 3
Seahawks by 6 (lock)
Eagles by 3
Buccaneers by 7 (lock)

posted by bender at 09:30 AM on October 29, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

After the called strike two on the previous pitch, I was sure that Phillips was about to strike out, probably chasing something. What happened, WOW!

Phillips kept running to 3rd (blocking Arozarena's retreat option if he needed it).

I noticed this in one of the extended replays, and I was like "What is he doing rounding second?? Or even at second?" I get that he was excited, but with two outs and the winning run ahead of him, he presented an (admittedly unlikely, but still legitimate) opportunity for the Dodgers to get out #3 even if Arozarena somehow made it back to 3rd.

posted by bender at 03:08 PM on October 25, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 7: Tank for Trevor Edition

My picks:

Eagles by 4
Falcons by 5
Browns by 3
Titans by 7
Saints by 10 (lock)
Bills by 3
Washington by 2
Packers by 7
Cardinals by 5
Chiefs by 12 (lock)
Patriots by 6
Chargers by 14 (lock)
Raiders by 10 (lock)
Rams by 12 (lock)

posted by bender at 08:31 AM on October 22, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 6: Chase Claypool Edition

My picks:

Titans by 1
Colts by 3
Falcons by 4
Patriots by 12 (lock)
Giants by 3
Ravens by 7
Browns by 2
Panthers by 5
Lions by 3
Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Rams by 7
Chiefs by 5
Cardinals by 7

posted by bender at 02:58 PM on October 17, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 5: Undefeated Bills Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 3
Falcons by 4
Titans by 12 (lock)
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Jets by 6
Steelers by 13 (lock)
Chargers by 7
Ravens by 10 (lock)
Texans by 5
Texans by 13 (lock)
Colts by 3
Giants by 3
Patriots by 9 (lock)
Seahawks by 17 (lock)
Saints by 4

I picked Chargers in the Chargers @ Washington game under the presumption that "Chargers" here are really the Rams, who are playing in Washington. Chargers by 7 => Rams by 7
Likewise, I picked Texans in the Dolphins @ Texans game under the presumption that "Texans" here are the Dolphins' actual hosts, San Francisco. Texans by 13 => 49ers by 13

posted by bender at 02:50 AM on October 08, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 4: Let Russ Cook Edition

My picks:

Jets by 3
Colts by 5
Jaguars by 4
Cowboys by 5
Saints by 3
Titans by 2
Seahawks by 7
Buccaneers by 7
Ravens by 5
Cardinals by 7
Texans by 3
Rams by 14 (lock)
Chiefs by 8 (lock)
Raiders by 10 (lock)
49ers by 12 (lock)
Packers by 4

posted by bender at 11:11 PM on September 30, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 3: Pay Dak Prescott Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 4 (not locked)
Bills by 2 (not locked)
Washington by 6 (not locked)
Titans by 7 (not locked)
Patriots by 4 (not locked)
49ers by 6 (not locked)
Eagles by 10 (lock)
Texans by 3 (not locked)
Colts by 7 (lock)
Chargers by 8 (lock)
Broncos by 3 (not locked)
Cardinals by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 4 (not locked)
Saints by 12 (lock)
Chiefs by 3 (not locked)

posted by bender at 11:38 PM on September 26, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 3: Pay Dak Prescott Edition

My picks:

Dolphins by 7

posted by bender at 09:33 AM on September 24, 2020

NHL Playoff Pickem: Stanley Cup Finals

My picks:

Stars in 5
Top goals: Joe Pavelski
Top goalie (save %): Anton Khudobin
Team winning game 1: Stars
Team giving up 0 goals: Stars
Top assists: Miro Heiskanen
Conn Smythe: Joe Pavelski
Tiebreaker: 25

posted by bender at 12:36 PM on September 19, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

Revised picks:

Bears by 4 (not locked)
Cowboys by 7 (not locked)
Packers by 10 (lock)
Titans by 10 (lock)
Colts by 3 (not locked)
Dolphins by 2 (not locked)
Jets by 3 (not locked)
Rams by 7 (not locked)
Steelers by 12 (lock)
Buccaneers by 4 (not locked)
Cardinals by 7 (not locked)
Chiefs by 5 (not locked)
Texans by 8 (not locked)
Seahawks by 7 (not locked)
Raiders by 4 (not locked)

posted by bender at 10:46 PM on September 17, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 2: Chiefs Are Still Good Edition

My picks:

Browns by 4

posted by bender at 08:37 AM on September 17, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

You guys are alright.

posted by bender at 09:06 AM on September 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Something I've mused over before, since the city is Tampa, but there is a Tampa Bay. Is the team the Tampa Bay / Buccaneers or the Tampa / Bay Buccaneers?

posted by bender at 04:20 PM on September 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Atlanta Braves: hold our co-cola.

Kudos to the Marlins, who, after going down 11-2 after 2 got it back to a competitive 13-8 after their half of the 4th, before the rest of the wheels fell off.

posted by bender at 03:10 PM on September 10, 2020

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pickem

My picks:

Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Seahawks by 3
Bills by 4
Bears by 7
Vikings by 6
Patriots by 12 (lock)
Washington by 5
Panthers by 3
Colts by 7
Ravens by 7 (lock)
Chargers by 3
Saints by 4
49ers by 4
Rams by 14 (lock)
Giants by 3
Broncos by 4

posted by bender at 08:51 AM on September 09, 2020

NHL Playoff Pick 'Em Round 2 Leader: Geneparmesan

My picks:

Golden Knights in 6
Islanders in 5
Top goals: Denis Gurianov
Top goalie (save %): Semyon Varlamov
Team scoring most goals: Golden Knights
Team giving up 0 goals: Islanders


posted by bender at 11:57 AM on September 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

rcade, I asked a friend who has been running a league that I have also been in. His response:

"Negative. The admin has to create their team before the league is renewed. There are free transfers Week 1 so they can always make revisions." (as also noted by prof)

posted by bender at 09:52 AM on September 03, 2020